09.00 – 09.45

Registration & refreshments

09.45 – 10.00

Chair’s introduction & welcome

Dai Durbridge, Solicitor, Browne Jacobson LLP

10.00 – 10.40

Keynote 1

The School Admissions Code: ensuring you meet your legal responsibilities for compliance

Mark Blois, Head of Education Law, Browne Jacobson LLP

10.40 – 11.20

Keynote 2

Powers and responsibilities of the school adjudicator: ensuring legality, fairness and effectiveness in school admission policies

Elizabeth Passmore, School Adjudicator, Office of the School Adjudicator

11.20 – 11.50

Morning refreshments

11.50 – 12.30

Keynote 3

The School Admission Appeals Code: changes, decision-making and what is lawful?

Ingrid Sutherland, Legal Consultant, Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) and CORE Education

12.30 – 13.10

Panel Discussion

Ensuring compliance with the new code: Your questions answered

13.10 – 14.10


14.10 – 15.00

Streamed Sessions 1




Achieving good practice in your admission and oversubscription criteria: What is and is not allowed?

Dai Durbridge, Solicitor,

Browne Jacobson LLP

Understanding your obligations towards Fair Access Protocols and Co-ordination:

practical implications for schools

Ingrid Sutherland, Legal Consultant, ACE and CORE Education

How can you ensure you are compliant with the code?

Requirements for Faith schools

Yvonne Spencer, Partner, Veale Wasbrough

15.00 – 15.20

Afternoon refreshments

15.20 – 16.10

Streamed Sessions 2




Step-by-step guide to effectively handling and preparing for appeals
Nigel Akers, Chair of 
Nottingham City Admissions Forum and Vice Principal, Djanogly Academy

Effectively managing the risk of fraudulent applications: What are your powers to investigate?

Mark Blois, Head of Education Law, Browne Jacobson LLP

Using your admissions code to promote community cohesion
Richard Bird, Legal Consultant, ACSL


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